A sweet story about a group of sisters... The Earl's Winning Wager by Jen Geigle Johnson (Review)

The Earl's Winning Wager
(Lords for the Sisters of Sussex #2)
By Jen Geigle Johnson
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 206 Pages
May 1st 2020


Lord Morley's life will change forever when he wins a game of cards and a family of sisters to go along with it.

Miss Standish in none too pleased to have become the responsibility of yet another Lord, even if he is full of charm and goodness. Her responsibilities are to her sisters first.

With the repairs on the castle moving forward nicely and concerted efforts in a season in Bath made to find suitors for them all, Miss Standish and Lord Morley must determine where duty stops and matters of the heart take over.

Read this warm tale of family, sisters, loyalty and love to get a huge dose of the best part of a regency romance fans of Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer would enjoy.

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My Review

THE EARL'S WINNING WAGER is a story of instant attraction, family, friendship, and romance. Set in Brighton, with the ton visiting and a family of sisters moving from being impoverished to among society, makes for a sweet romance with twists and a few conniving characters to mix things up. Recommended to those who enjoy this author and series, and light, sweet historical romance.

I really liked this family of sisters. They each had their own personalities with their own faults, talents, and dreams. I loved how the oldest was a bit like the mother hen of the group, as they've lost both of their parents. I also really liked Morley. He was just a solidly good guy who was trying to figure out how to fulfill his responsibilities to the Standish sisters while also courting the oldest. There was an immediate attraction and chemistry between them, but they were a bit awkward in trying to figure things out. What made this story enjoyable were the sisters though. There were lots of fun and sweet moments involving them. The romance was sweet.

I think I would have enjoyed this story slightly more if I'd read the first book in the series, mostly because the couple from that book is in this story quite a bit. Otherwise, this story was fine to read on its own. I did have a few issues with how easily Morley leans on a former romantic interest and Miss Standish is open to a rake that she doesn't know. Those aspects of the plot didn't really work for me, especially since Morley was seasoned enough to handle things differently and had closer friends he could have leaned on instead. I also would have liked the characters and story fleshed out a bit more. The ending was really abrupt and I would have liked more added on there.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this story overall. It was sweet with a fun group of characters in the Standish sisters. I'm definitely curious to see how each of the sisters turn out.

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Source: I received a complimentary copy through Singing Librarian Books, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her love for uncovering obscure and fascinating pieces of history while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Although she married a man whose substance is the stuff with which heroes are made, thinking up stirring matches for everyone else keeps her riveted to the keyboard--whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America. Her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. They start with a grand entrance, immediately get pretty bumpy and difficult, are full of hills and and some ravines, but always end happy.

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